Peer Leaders

Peer Leaders are undergraduate students that work in conjunction with a Lead Facilitator to guide discussions within a section of FYS 101. Discussions are anchored around increasing the sense of belonging on the Syracuse University campus. Peer Leaders will lead two FYS 101 class discussions throughout the semester and will directly communicate with students throughout the semester. 

If interested in the Peer Leader position for Fall 2022, please apply on Handshake by Thursday, June 30.

Colin HardyColin Hardy

I’m an incoming senior from Portland, Oregon studying sport analytics and economics. On campus, I’m heavily involved in Falk College, as well as an intramural supervisor and RA in Day Hall for the Sport Management LLC.  My favorite thing about being a student at Syracuse is the school spirit and how friendly and welcoming everyone is on campus.

Forming a community where all feel welcome has been a priority of mine ever since I entered high school. As an FYS 101 Peer-Leader, this role gives me the opportunity to create an environment that is welcoming to all and forms the foundation of an SU community that will be a part of our lives forever.

Gabby KellyGabby Kelly (she/her/hers)

I am a junior majoring in communications and rhetorical studies in the school of Visual and Performing Arts and minoring in marketing. I am from Westchester, New York, and come from a large immigrant family that has influenced my identity and outlook on life as a whole.

I wanted to be an FYS 101 Peer Leader because I remember how it felt to be a first year student and, as a Black woman, I wanted to offer my experiences, lessons and advice that I have learned over my three years at Syracuse University. I have a passion for social justice and activism and my goal is to do what I can to make an impact on my community.”

Nicole NuñezNicole Nuñez

I am a sophomore from Bridgewater, New Jersey. I am a Finance and Accounting major, a first-generation college student, and I am fluent in Spanish!

I am excited to be an FYS 101 Lead Instructor because I think that exploring one’s identity and reflecting on past interactions is incredibly important. Getting out of your comfort zone can be a good thing and this class and its engaging discussions allow students to participate in the supportive and strong community that Syracuse has become.

Kadin PersonKadin Person

I’m a sophomore from New York, NY, studying biology at the College of Arts and Sciences. I love to read and exercise, and I’m always around to kick a soccer ball with some friends. I can’t wait to help future students in FYS 101.

I wanted to become a FYS 101 peer leader, because SEM 100 was a class that helped me understand more about myself and others’ experiences in terms of how to deal with bias on campus and how to grow as a person. I believe that this class will be a good start for students to create a safe space to talk about certain topics with each other and I can’t wait to help them along the way.

Riona SheikRiona Sheik (she/her/hers)

Riona Sheik is from Los Angeles, CA and is a sophomore majoring in International Relations and Management. She is an FYS 101 Peer Leader, a Student Ambassador on the Dean’s Team, a Coronat Scholar, and in the Renee Crown University Honors Program. Riona is also a law clerk at the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office and aspires to go to law school.

“I wanted to be an FYS 101 Peer leader so I could connect firsthand with new Syracuse University students and share my experiences and advice with them. I’m very excited to show first-year students everything the university has to offer!”